A 64-year-old Henderson man died after rear-ending a suspected drunken driver’s pickup on U.S. Highway 95, the Nevada Highway Patrol said Tuesday night.
The Henderson man drove his Nissan Pathfinder into the back of a Dodge Ram about 7:15 p.m. on the highway between Charleston Boulevard and Boulder Highway, Highway Patrol spokesman Jason Buratczuk said. The man was not wearing his seat belt and died at the scene.
Buratczuk said the Dodge driver, a man about 30 years old, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The driver was going north on the 95 when he swerved and hit the right barrier wall before cutting across all the lanes and hit the center median wall.
Buratczuk said the truck stopped in the middle lanes, where witnesses said it remained for three or four minutes.
The Nissan then crashed into the back of the pickup. Buratczuk said it was not clear why the SUV crashed into the pickup, as other vehicles had avoided the stationary vehicle.
The Clark County coroner’s office will release his identity after his family is notified.
Buratczuk said the pickup driver didn’t appear injured, as he may have left the truck before the rear-ending.
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The crash marks the third traffic fatality investigated by Nevada Highway Patrol’s southern jurisdiction this year.